Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pitts Special S-1C, N591P: Accident occurred February 17, 2017 in Borger, Hutchinson County, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA144
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, February 17, 2017 in Borger, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: PITTS SPECIAL S 1C, registration: N591P
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, during the takeoff as the tailwheel lifted, the biplane veered “hard right” and exited the runway. He added that he “felt” he had enough speed to fly and attempted to lift off. Subsequently, the biplane struck a tree.

The biplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the biplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control of the biplane during takeoff.

The pilot reported that during the takeoff as the tailwheel lifted, the biplane veered "hard right" and exited the runway. He added that he "felt" he had enough speed to fly and attempted to lift off. Subsequently, the biplane struck a tree.

The biplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas 

Aviation Accident Factual Report / National Transportation Safety Board:   https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Docket And Docket Items / National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N591P

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA144
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, February 17, 2017 in Borger, TX
Aircraft: PITTS SPECIAL S 1C, registration: N591P
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that during the takeoff as the tailwheel lifted, the biplane veered "hard right" and exited the runway. He added that he "felt" he had enough speed to fly and attempted to lift off. Subsequently, the biplane struck a tree.

The biplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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